A few days ago I felt like I was the main star in a horror movie!!! I dropped by my local Wal-Mart for a little grocery shopping and to pick up fabric for a client. I was looking for a very specific fabric I'd seen a few months earlier. I was delighted to find the fabric and took it to the fabric counter so it could be cut.
I told the sales associate that I wanted 1 yard of fabric and she obliged me. She was kind and courteous. She gently laid out the fabric, measured out 1 yard and then proceeded to cut it. Just to forewarn you the rest of the story is not for the faint of heart.
She took 2 cuts of the fabric and then stopped. I wondered what was wrong. Then I watched in horror as this woman began to butcher my fabric. She cut the fabric again and then attempted to forcibly push the open scissors through the fabric to cut it. She obviously thought that it was the type of fabric you could cut once and drag the scissors through to cut it. But that wasn't the case since this fabric was a blend of taffeta and velvet and couldn't be cut in this fashion. But this didn't stop her from trying .
(my purchased fabric with butchered cutting edge. The way she was cutting I'm surprised the edges didn't end up worst.)
So I watched in horror as she repeatedly would make 2 cuts and forcibly push the scissors through the fabric despite being met with resistance---over and over again. I almost wanted to jump out of my skin!!!!! At one point I gently mentioned that it probably wasn't going to cut very easily with that method. She sorta agreed and kept right at it. I began to feel faint. Fortunately by that time she'd finished up and I was ready to high-tail it away from her. I asked her if she sewed and she said she was just learning to do some hand sewing. She then tightly folded my fabric into a small square. Why would you put so many crease lines in a taffeta fabric??? By that time I'd had enough. Not only I've never been so happy to be away from a cutting table. The only good thing from this is in addition to the 1 yard I bought she also sold me a 22" the remaining fabric remnant for only $0.46---super dirt cheap! That helped calm my nerves.
That has to be my WORST fabric cutting incident!!! Do you have any fabric cutting/mishandling horrors of your own????? Please share!!!